Peter R. Scholtes on Holmes(1998/10)
By "thesimplicity on this side of complexity" I think he was referring to superficial and simplistic answers. "The simplicity on the other side of complexity" refers, I believe, to simple and profound truths that one arrives at by thinking deeply about things. Thoughtful answers to complex questions can yield many more questions than the first questions arrived at.
Einstien said "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any
simpler." And HL Mencken, an American writer, said, "to every complex problem
there is a simple answer... and it is wrong!". They were expressing similar thoughts
as those of Holmes. Thoughtful responses may take a lifetime of looking for the
implications and contexts surrounding complex problems. But that effort usually results in
simple truths rather than simplistic truths.
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